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Announcement of Compass4D continuation in 2016



Press Release

Brussels, 1 October 2015

Compass4D announces continuation of cooperative mobility services in seven European cities for at least one year. ERTICO – ITS Europe together with the Compass4D Consortium and its Associated Partners commits to support this public-private partnership activity. The official ceremony will take place at the opening of the project final event at the 22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, on the 7 October 2015 at 13:00 CET.


Introduction

During three years, public and private partners have closely worked together in the frame of the EU co-funded project Compass4D to implement, operate and evaluate three C-ITS services in seven European cities (Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Helmond, Newcastle, Thessaloniki, Verona and Vigo).

The results of these pilot operations proved the benefits of such services towards safer and cleaner road transport in urban areas. However, in order to achieve large scale deployment some issues still need to be solved in the context of proper working of the technologies and delivering user benefits. As Compass4D will end in December 2015, the Consortium has decided to continue operating the C-ITS services, without EU co-funding, for at least one year with the ultimate goal of moving from pilot to large scale deployment for a self-sustained market.

“Good project results, huge commitment from all Compass4D partners, so we decided to continue the services for at least one year to solve the last remaining issues and be better prepared for large scale deployment and up-scaling”, stated the project coordinator, Dr Giacomo Somma (ERTICO – ITS Europe). “Continuing an activity without funding from the European Union is a unique decision and very much demonstrates the strong engagement of both public and private stakeholders and their trust in the role of cooperative ITS services to achieve strategic targets of safer and cleaner mobility and impact the road transport market” he added.

From Pilot to Deployment Sites

For the period of at least one year, the services piloted during the project phase will be continued. To this end, the organisations involved in the continuation of Compass4D activities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and are about to finalise detailed agreements for operational activities in the various Deployment Sites as well as for a horizontal Support Activity. Through such Memorandum and Agreements, “Compass4D aims at creating trust in the C-ITS technology and reach a critical mass of cities, suppliers and users” said the strategic deployment advisor of Compass4D, Mr. Gert Blom (City of Helmond). “Finding the right business models is one of the main remaining barriers to deployment of cooperative ITS services. In the next year we are not only operating the services in real traffic environments, but also with real contracts and cash-flow streams between suppliers and users. This will give us and the whole ITS community very valuable insights, and is the last step towards sustainable deployment of the services”. For this reason Compass4D partners decided to speak about Deployment Sites instead of Pilot Sites in the new situation.

Compass4D Support Activity

ERTICO – ITS Europe as project-coordinator is very positive about the decision of Compass4D partners and decided to actively support the continuation of the services by establishing this initiative as an ERTICO Partnership Activity. “Not only for the project partners, but for all the stakeholders in the C-ITS community, this one year continuation will give extremely valuable insights in standardisation, interoperability and business model issues. This goes far beyond the scope of the Compass4D project. For this reason we are happy to contribute to the continuation and wider uptake of this one-year experience”, stated the CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe, Dr Hermann Meyer. ERTICO – ITS Europe will set up a Compass4D Support Activity where partners, associated partners and any other interested organisation can meet, conduct tests and share knowledge and experiences during this one year period.

 

About Compass4D

The European project Compass4D focuses on three services which will increase drivers’ safety and comfort by reducing the number and severity of road accidents as well as avoiding queues and traffic jams. Compass4D will also have a positive impact on the local environment by reducing vehicles’ CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

The Energy Efficient Intersection (EEI) providing information to drivers to anticipate current and upcoming traffic light phases and adapt their speed at signalised intersections accordingly. The driver can choose a fuel and emission saving speed profile to cross intersections comfortably and efficiently. Emergency Vehicles, Public Transport, and possibly Heavy Goods Vehicles can be granted a green light when approaching the intersection to avoid stops and delays.

The Road Hazard Warning (RHW) sending warning messages to drivers approaching a hazard (e.g., obstacles, road accident, queuing traffic after a blind spot, etc.) raising their attention level and informing them about appropriate behaviour in potentially dangerous situations.

The Red Light Violation Warning (RLVW) sending messages to increase drivers’ alertness at signalised intersections (such as an emergency vehicle crossing with red light) in order to reduce the number of collisions or their severity, should they still happen.

The focus of Compass4D is on actual deployment of cooperative services. Hence, Compass4D has deployed these services through a combination of established technologies and available pre-commercial equipment. Dedicated short range communication (ETSI G5) and cellular networks (3G/LTE) have been used, following ETSI TC ITS standards. In addition, the project has identified solutions to deployment barriers and elaborated business models to make the services self-sustainable for the future. This work includes cooperation with standardisation organisations and global partners to reach interoperability and harmonisation of services.

The Compass4D project is coordinated by ERTICO – ITS Europe and consists of 34 partners: City of Copenhagen; City of Helmond; Newcastle City Council; City of Verona; Vigo City Council; Region of Central Macedonia; Centre for Research and Technology Hellas – CERTH; Automotive Technological Centre of Galicia – CTAG; Equipos de Señalizacion y Control – ESYCSA; Federation Internationale de l’Automobile – FIA; Geoloc Systems; Institute of Communication and Computer System – ICCS; IDIADA Automotive Technology; French Institute of Science and Technology, Developments and Networks – IFSTTAR; IMTECH Traffic & INFRA (A/S and B.V.); INFOTRIP; IRU Projects; MAT Traffic; Ministere de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Energie – MEDDE; PEEK Traffic B.V.; Renault Trucks SAS; Siemens; Swarco Mizar; TaxiWay; Telecom Italia; TOPOS Aquitaine; TNO; University of Newcastle; Vialis; Vitrasa; Volvo Technology AB; V-TRON.

 

Compass4D is co-financed by the European Commission under the CIP – Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and is coordinated by ERTICO – ITS Europe

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